17 Essential Thanksgiving Decorations

Wondering where to start when it comes to Thanksgiving decorations? If you’re hosting the big Thanksgiving lunch or dinner this year, then you’ll need to start thinking about how you want to decorate your home – after you plan out the meal, of course! Preparing a festive Thanksgiving home is almost as important as the food itself. You want your guests to feel warm, welcome, and blessed to be a part of your celebration. A great way to encourage a joyful spirit in the home is by decorating with thoughtful Thanksgiving motifs.

Thanksgiving Decorations

We’ve created a list of essential Thanksgiving decorations that will give you a good foundation for decorating your home this November. Remember, Thanksgiving decorating colors include: orange, green, red, yellow, and brown – all darker than usual, just like fall leaves!

1. Centerpiece

Everyone needs a Thanksgiving centerpiece to decorate the dining table for Thanksgiving lunch! Your centerpiece should be big enough to warrant attention, yet not overbearing or distracting from the food! Make sure it’s low enough that guests can see across the table.


2. Tablecloth

Why not update your tablecloth for the Thanksgiving holiday?


3. Table Runner

If you’d rather go with something easy, try a Thanksgiving table runner to highlight all the delicious food you’ll serve on the big Thursday!


4. Place Cards

Assign each guest a place to sit by using Thanksgiving place cards. You can DIY your place cards or purchase some beautifully crafted premade ones!


5. Plates

Every home deserves at least one set of Thanksgiving dinner plates.


6. Serving Platters

Serving platters can add a festive touch to your Thanksgiving tablescape.


7. Napkins & Napkin Rings

Thanksgiving napkins with fall motifs can give your table some charm!


8. Wreath

Hang a Thanksgiving wreath on your front door to welcome guests into your home.


9. Turkey

You have to have at least one Thanksgiving turkey decoration in your home!


10. Cornucopia

A cornucopia will remind everyone to be thankful for the abundance of food you have!


11. Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a popular fall decoration and they work perfectly for Thanksgiving, too! You don’t have to go for a bright orange one, either. There are plenty of neutral colored pumpkins that help you decorate for the holiday in a subtle way!


12. Garlands

Don’t forget to add a pretty Thanksgiving garland or banner to your fireplace or mantel! Garlands can also be wrapped around your staircase banister.


13. Pillows

Thanksgiving pillows are a quick and easy way to decorate for the November holiday. They will transform your sofa in no time!


14. Wall Decor

Pick up some wall art, signs and other Thanksgiving wall decor to give your guests something to look at on the wall.


15. Welcome Mat

Find a quirky Thanksgiving welcome mat that will make your guests smile as they approach your front door.


16. Area Rug

Transform your room with a Thanksgiving area rug.


17. Fall Candle

Fill the air with a fall-scented candle that smells of cranberry, pumpkin pie, or cinnamon aromas. (Cranberry candle, Pumpkin pie scented candle)


Those are our essential Thanksgiving decorations recommendations! What do you consider essential to your own Thanksgiving decorating?

17 Essential Thanksgiving Decorations

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We wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving this fall!


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